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Here are the Side Effects of Inappropriately Rapid Weight Loss:

  • Electrolyte depletion due to insufficient intake or loss during strenuous exercise (in particular potassium, sodium and chloride depletion)
  • Mineral depletion due to insufficient intake (in particular calcium, phosphate and magnesium depletion)
  • Vitamin depletion due to insufficient intake (all vitamins can be affected by this)
  • Hypoglycemia (low sugar levels) due to prolonged and drastic dieting
  • Amenorrhea due to deregulation of the ovulatory cycle in women of child-bearing age.

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Significant electrolyte depletion may result in:
  • cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heart rate)
  • muscle cramps
  • neurologic manifestations (confusion, weakness and fatigue, loss of consciousness, impaired judgment, lethargy, etc)

Calcium, phosphate and magnesium depletion can lead to:
  • cardiac arrhythmias
  • muscle twitching and cramping
  • loss of bone matter with resultant osteoporosis

Vitamin depletion causes a variety of symptoms
(since vitamins are necessary for a variety of body functions).
Symptoms may include: Low energy and fatigue, impaired vision, digestive problems, skin disease, anxiety, altered mood, etc.
Practically any function in the body may be affected.

The above deregulations can be avoided by following these simple steps:

  • Loose weight at a moderate pace (1-2 pounds per week)
  • Take a multivitamin supplement such as Centrum
  • Take an omega-3 supplement to ensure adequate supply of essential fatty acids
  • Eat fresh fruit and vegetables as part of your diet
  • Take a daily calcium supplement (such as Oscal)*
  • Take an electrolyte supplement such as Gatorade or Pedialyte after strenuous exercise.

* Calcium supplements may be contraindicated in individuals suffering from certain medical conditions, so please clear this with your doctor.








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